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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lower Brule Man Sentenced For Assaulting Girlfriend

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to a Dating or Intimate Partner was sentenced on May 12, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vincent Battese, age 28, was sentenced to 12 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 9, 2014. He pled guilty on March 24, 2015.

The conviction stems from an incident on or about September 1, 2014, when Battese assaulted the victim, his long term girlfriend with whom he has four children.  The victim suffered bodily injury, including a ruptured eardrum and a broken finger.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Battese was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015